Dr. Daniel Welliver joined the Juniata faculty in 2006 after a long career in the private, non-profit sector and in state government. He earned a bachelor's degree in Sociology and Social Change in 1979 from Juniata College and went on to earn a master's degree in Community Psychology with emphasis in Public Administration in 1990 from The Pennsylvania State University. In 2011 he earned a Ph.D. in Administration and Leadership Studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Welliver's work immediately prior to joining the Juniata faculty was as Director of Education and Community Services for the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, a position he had held for eight years. During this same time he served as Coordinator of the Pennsylvania Inter-agency Task Force on Civil Tension. Prior to this public service, Welliver was Executive Director of Neighborhood Center of the United Methodist Church in Harrisburg, PA from 1988 to 1998. His past experience also includes work as Field Organizer for the Pennsylvania Campaign for a Nuclear Weapons Freeze, and as Researcher and Statistician for the Harrisburg Fair Housing Council.
Welliver began his professional career in Huntingdon, PA as Family Day Care Home Coordinator for Huntingdon County Child Development, a local social services agency.
Prior to coming to Juniata, Daniel had already begun to mix a growing educational career with his professional administrative duties, serving as an adjunct faculty member in Sociology at Harrisburg Area Community College from 2005 to 2006. Welliver was credentialed and served as a Pennsylvania Education Policy Fellow at the Education Policy Leadership Center in Harrisburg and at the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, D.C. He was a consultant to the Pennsylvania Holocaust Education Task Force and he served on the Board of Directors of the Graduate School Alumni Society of The Pennsylvania State University at its inception.
Dr. Welliver is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, the academic honor society, and he received the 1995 Hileman Award from the Methodist Federation for Social Action. He was recognized by The Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg for Distinguished Service in Community Psychology in 1994.
Dr. Welliver's current research interests flow from his recently completed doctoral dissertation research on white, anti-racist identity formation and maintenance. Welliver's essay titled "Finding and Fighting Hate Where it Lives: Reflections of a Pennsylvania Practitioner" was published in 2003 as an afterword in Spaces of Hate: Geographies of Discrimination and Intolerance in the U.S.A., edited by Dr. Colin Flint. Welliver has also written and edited a wide range of educational publications, including 'Police Response to Hate Crimes in Pennsylvania,' ''A Citizen's Guide to Hate Crime in Pennsylvania' and 'Effective Law Enforcement in Diverse and Changing Communities.'
Daniel met his wife, Roxanne, when they were both students at Juniata College in the late 1970s. Daniel and Roxanne live in Huntingdon, PA with their goddaughter, Destiny, and many beloved family pets.